We’re huge fans of pom-poms, so we’re thrilled to share this technique for making giant pom-poms in 60 seconds flat. Red Heart sent us four huge boxes of yarn to experiment with and we came up with the quickest way to make a pom pom, ever.
No more templates–just three basic supplies and your making pom-pom history.
We’re covering everything with these quick & easy pom-poms this holiday season (watch the blog for more Red Heart projects). Sweaters, shoes, gifts… we’re even going to make a pom-pom garland for the front door. Have fun mastering this super fun technique and let us know what you make with your pom-poms!
What You Need
Step 1: Tie
Remove the paper wrapping from yarn. Using the nylon thread, cut off a long piece and tie around the center of the yarn.
Step 2: Repeat
Flip the yarn over to the opposite side and tie the nylon thread around the ball again, this time making sure to make the tie as tight as you can.
Once you’ve made the nylon thread nice and tight, go ahead and make a couple of strong knots. Cut your thread ends short. Now you’re ready to start cutting into your pom pom!
Step 3: Cut
Start by making your initial cut as shown, aligning your scissors to cut roughly one-third through the thickness of the ball.
Step 4: Pull
Once you’ve cut into the yarn, lightly run your fingers through the yarn and allow the loose threads to fall separate from the rest of the yarn. Be careful not to pull too hard on the yarn that is still attached to the rest of the ball.
Step 5: Cut
As the yarn starts to fall loose, you’ll notice some loops towards the inside of the ball. Using your scissors, cut those loops in half and fluff these out as well. Repeat this process until you feel like you’ve gotten most of the thread loops snipped in half.
Step 6: Trim
Once you have one half of your ball fluffed out and untangled, take your hand and make a tight fist around the shortest part of the loose threads as shown. Evenly trim the excess.
Step 7: Repeat
Repeat steps 3 through 6 on the other half of the pom pom.
To shape your pom pom, work from the middle-out. Trim evenly by grabbing a fist full of yarn and cutting to the shortest layer.
NOTE: The yarn should generally be longer in the middle of your pom pom, so you’ll want to start by trimming those threads first.